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[kuh n-fes-id-lee] /kənˈfɛs ɪd li/
by confession or acknowledgment; admittedly.
Origin of confessedly
First recorded in 1630-40; confess + -ed2 + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She was confessedly in league with a gang of adventurers upon a quest for treasure.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • The barbarians were confessedly strangers to any such conception 102as that of a Will.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • confessedly from the people of each State, acting for themselves.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • All three were hanged, and all three confessedly were innocent.

  • Dr. Ryerson was confessedly a man of great intellectual resources.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Because the Prayer Book is confessedly ancient, while the Articles are modern.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • He, confessedly, was not an experienced hunter in the Rockies.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • Now it is in this that women, and the men who are most like women, confessedly excel.

    The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill
  • An ambition that confessedly overleaps all bounds is at least not an ignoble one.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • It was confessedly one of the worst communities in the State.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for confessedly


(sentence modifier) by admission or confession; avowedly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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